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Constitutional Statutes—Roots and Recognition

MCGARRY, John and Spence, Samantha (2019) Constitutional Statutes—Roots and Recognition. Statute Law Review. ISSN 0144-3593

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Sir John Laws, the originator of the principle of constitutional statutes, suggests that the protection accorded to them has its roots in the protection from implied repeal given to the European Communities Act 1972 and to constitutional fundamentals. We argue that this suggestion is more convincing with regard to the latter than it is with the former. Further, we contend that founding constitutional statutes on the protection afforded to constitutional fundamentals rather than the 1972 Act may provide a stronger basis for the principle of such statutes if the UK leaves the European Union. We then provide evidence that the idea of constitutional statutes has been accepted across the three arms of state and argue that, as a consequence, the rule of recognition may be taken to have changed to encompass the amendment to the implied repeal rule that such statutes represent.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Statute Law Review following peer review. The version of record John Mcgarry, Samantha Spence, Constitutional Statutes—Roots and Recognition, Statute Law Review, , hmz015, is available online at:
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: John MCGARRY
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 14:55
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:59

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